Ex-international Patrick Pascal has warned the tremendous Eagles not to underestimate Iran in their 2014 World Cup crew match on June sixteen, insisting the Princes of Persia are capable of upsetting Nigeria.
Nigeria are drawn in opposition to powerhouse Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina in staff F for Brazil 2014. Argentina occupy the third spot within the newest FIFA rankings, with Bosnia-Herzegovina within the 19th situation, adopted with the aid of Iran within the 34th position, and Nigeria thirty seventh.
however regardless of Iran being in advance of Nigeria in the rankings, some Nigerians believe the Eagles will stroll in the course of the Persians and Bosnia-Herzegovina to qualify for the spherical of 16, irrespective of the result of the clash against Argentina 4 days later.
however, former Eagles defender Pascal believes the Iranians might be probably the most unhealthy workforce within the group and advised Nigeria tutor Stephen Keshi and his gamers to focal point on the Western Asian usa.
“We will have to worry about Iran, no longer Argentina,” the 1996 CAF Champions League silver medallist told our correspondent on the phone right through the week.
“Iran can pull off a shock win towards us if we take them with no consideration.
“many people have written them off as a result of they don’t have players playing for high European clubs. however In soccer, anything else can happen.
“We don’t be aware of a lot about them and because of this our crew will to find it tough against them.
“we know that Argentina has (Lionel) Messi and different world-type gamers, and some of our players, have performed against them. It’s our remaining sport, and if we're decided we can beat them. however we don’t be aware of the potential of Iran.
“For Iran to have qualified for the arena Cup in Asia the place the football is growing fast method they are excellent.
“We should aim to beat them to gain self assurance beforehand of our second recreation in opposition to Bosnia-Herzegovina.
“additionally, we shouldn’t underrate Bosnia-Herzegovina as a result of they've top avid gamers. they have got (Manchester metropolis’s) Edin Dzeko, who's a deadly striker.
“but we must show that we deserved to be African champions via beating our opponents within the workforce.
“I’m more than happy that lots of our avid gamers are playing continuously for their clubs. Mikel Obi is doing a perfect job at Chelsea and Emmanuel Emenike is scoring objectives for his club (Fenerbahce). i feel we are able to make an influence on the World Cup.”
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